Dr Weston Talks with Bennie Kara: Embracing and Valuing Diversity in Schools

In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Bennie Kara, deputy headteacher, author and speaker on diversity in the curriculum and school environment. Bennie shares her wealth of expertise on how schools can build an inclusive school culture, talks about the importance of language and outlines some key terminology that all educators and parents should be aware of.

Supporting Your Child to Step Away From and Challenge Harmful Talk in Their Peer Group

We’ve joined forces with Dr Elly Hanson to bring you some top tips, straight from the evidence-base, on how to help your child challenge harmful talk and bigotry and what they can do to avoid it. It also includes advice on what you can do if you find that your child is engaging in conversations or using language that denigrates various groups of people.

Books Featuring Characters with ‘Diffabilities’

‘Diffabilities’ are important parts of many young people’s identity. The books in this list all feature strong characters with either disabilities or neurodevelopmental differences. They can help children to feel seen and represented, build empathy and understanding and celebrate the wonderful diversity of experience that is all around them.

Sources of Support for LGBTQ+ Teens

If your child is LGBTQ+ and needs support, here are some great services that can help. Many of them offer assistance to family members too.

30 Tips for Supporting the Parents of EAL Pupils

‘Effective school provision for EAL students and their parents/carers depends on information, coordination, support and communication’ (Evans, et al., 2016).​ Take a look at our top tips for creating a supportive school environment for parents of EAL children, as well as key positive messages that you should send to any parent/carer who does not have English as their first language.

Dr Weston Talks with Professor Victoria Murphy: Supporting Bilingual Children

In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Professor Victoria Murphy about the misconceptions surrounding children with English as an additional language (EAL) and how teachers and parents can better support emergent bilingualism. They discuss the main stages of children’s second language development and address how bilingualism should be considered a huge benefit, both to the child and to their school class as a whole. We discover that given that almost 25% of UK children having EAL, this is a subject that requires much more research.

Books that Celebrate Different Types of Families

We know from research that feeling unrepresented in books or films can make young people who are from non-traditional family forms feel different or invisible. This can have a detrimental effect on their mental health and self-esteem. We’ve compiled a list of books for children and young people of all ages which celebrate families of all shapes and sizes. Have a look for some inspiration, and get in touch if you know of any others!